Aunt Rose's Famous Date And Nut Bread


1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup chopped dates or raisins
1 tablespoon shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water, add the dates or raisins, and let soak for half an hour. Cream the shortening and sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, cocoa, and date or raisin mixture. Blend in the flour, then add the nuts. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes.


Makes 1 loaf.

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